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John Oliver Asks Why The Hell Hollywood Whitewashing Is Still Happening

Gods Of Egypt, opening Friday, starring a Scottish guy.”

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On Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Oliver asked how Hollywood whitewashing (i.e., when, in a movie, rather than hiring an actor who actually fits the ethnicity of the character portrayed, white actor is used) is still a thing.

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"One of the reasons for this might be that even when there are roles for non-white actors, they sometimes still get played by white people."

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Al Pacino as a cuban in Scarface.

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Jake Gylenhall as a persian in Prince of Persia.

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And Emma Stone is half-asian in Aloha.

"When Hollywood needed actors to play Egyptians in Exodus: Gods and Kings, it knew just what to do!"

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"This is nothing new. White actors have taken roles designed for every ethnicity throughout Hollywood history."

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"From John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror..."

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"...To the non-Puerto Rican Natalie Wood as Maria in West Side Story..."

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"...To the multiple instances of white actors playing Asian characters."

“Mickey Rooney’s bucktoothed, myopic Japanese is broadly exotic.” -The New York Times, October 6, 1961

"Movies about minorities will still put white people in the foreground... How are we supposed to believe that Tom Cruise is The Last Samurai?"

*Sigh* Well, will we at least get to see Idris Elba as the next James Bond?

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Nope! The author of those Bond novels said Elba is too "street."

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*eyes roll completely out of my head and into a sewer in Hollywood*